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Girls on the Verge

4.13  ·  Rating details ·  1,842 ratings  ·  512 reviews
A powerful, timely coming-of-age story about a young woman from Texas who goes on a road trip with two friends to get an abortion, from award-winning author Sharon Biggs Waller.

Camille couldn't be having a better summer. But on the very night she learns she got into a prestigious theater program, she also finds out she’s pregnant. She definitely can’t tell her parents. And
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Published April 9th 2019 by Simon & Schuster
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
Feb 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Chelsea by: Jane (It'sJaneLindsey)
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This book was absolutely incredible. I hardcore cried while reading this one because it opened my eyes up so much more to the struggles women face every day to have control over their own bodies. It may only be February but I predict that this book will end up in my top 5 of the year because it hit me SO hard. What a devastatingly important book.
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
I look like I've been through a battle and lived to talk about it.

Out of all of the important sociopolitical topics covered in YA over the last few years, one thing I have constantly wished to see more portrayals of in literature is pro-choice discussions about women doing what needs to be done to retain control of their own bodies. In the last few months, there has been so much going on here in the US regarding reproductive rights that Girls on the Verge is exactly what we needed to see bur
Jun 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An important, timely and well written story about a woman's right to choose


Camille, a teenager living in Texas found out that she was pregnant on the same night that she found out that she had got into an amazing theatre programme. She couldn't tell her parents, her best friend reacted badly to the news, so she had to try to face it all alone. Everything, and ev
Cristina Monica
Jun 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars. It’s not easy to take a controversial topic, like abortion in this case, and create a not only meaningful but also engaging, refreshing and satisfying story that highlights this subject and makes you think critically about it. Yet the author succeeded. Whenever I pick up a book with a heavy theme, I brace myself and oftentimes expect to cry so I choose a ‘‘right moment’’ to read it. But the beautiful truth here is that every moment is the right one for GIRLS ON THE VERGE.

It’s ugly in
Julie Zantopoulos
4.5 stars

This book is too timely, sickly timely, for all that is happening in the United States as I sit down to write this review. More people making decisions for women and their bodies, telling that what is and isn't acceptable, and shaming those who are sexually active before they deem is "appropriate".

In Girls on the Verge Camille is pregnant and knows, without any doubt in her mind, that she does not want the baby. No, she doesn't want to give it up for adoption, no she does not want to
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
Feb 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-releases
4.5 stars. WOW; this is such a necessary book.
Trigger warnings: abortion, restrictive access to abortion, misogyny, car accident, slut shaming, pro-life bullshit, sanctimonious religious bullshit.

4.5 stars.

This book was amazing and heartbreaking. This book was also rage-inducing. Basically, it's the story of a teenage girl living in Texas who's gotten pregnant and wants to get an abortion. Texas being Texas, that access is incredibly restricted and she's forced to go on a roadtrip to try and sort things out.

This is, I think, a very impor
Kate (GirlReading)
this was just... wow.

what a book.

A phenomenal, necessary and brilliantly written exploration of teen pregnancy, abortion, friendship and the prevalent, excruciating battle women still face to have ownership of their own bodies.
Jane (It'sJaneLindsey)
4.5 stars. I’m so glad this book exists.
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
5 stars.

So so powerful.

I don't know if I can say that I enjoyed reading this? YES it was well written and YES I had a lot of fun with these characters, but this book made me so angry. Angry that society tells teenage girls that they aren't mature enough to make a decision about their own bodies or any woman in general, angry that men believe they can treat women the way that they did in this book and almost caused these girls to be injured, and angry that these young women had to drive hundreds
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
5/5 stars.⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

'' Dear soul,

I hope you understand why i can't give you life. I have to find my own life before i can give one to you.

I hope you find someone else who wants you and will love you like you deserve.

If you want to wait around, i hope you'll return to me when i'm ready for you. I hope to meet you someday.

Love, Camille. ''

Everyone needs to read this book.. (Especially women)
It's so heartbreaking but at the same time so powerful.

I think everyone has the right to make decisions of the
Shannon (It Starts At Midnight)
You can find the full review and all the fancy and/or randomness that accompanies it at It Starts at Midnight .

Wow wow wow this is an important book. As more women's rights are taken away across the U.S., Girls on the Verge shines a glaring spotlight on all the hypocrisy and injustice that accompanies each of these decisions.  And you might be thinking "hey, isn't this supposed to be a book review and not a political rant?", but you'd be wrong. Because it's inherently both. Books have a plethora
May 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
- 🗣 I am and always will be pro-choice
- 🗣🗣 Criminalizing abortions won’t prevent them from happening it just facilitates unsafe abortions
- The story takes place in Texas, a known conservative state and Camille faces a lot of opposition to her choice
- The frustration was real when health care professions, law practitioners, STRANGERS, frequently pushed their bias onto her
- Damn separation of church and state man I’m 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️
- there’s some obvious discussions about abortion ove
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
This book was good but it didn't make me feel any type of way. I don't know what exactly i expected from it and yet what i got wasn't exactly it 😅
Audrey Laurey
I finished this book yesterday but it was too topical with the Alabama abortion law. Anyhow, I want to give this book to everyone, especially if you are a young person, in the US, and especially a young women in Texas.

Girls on the Verge is the story of 3 girls who go on a road trip to try and get their friend Camille an abortion because she is 17 and lives in Texas. Taking place in 2014 after Wendy Davis's famous 14 hour filibuster on the Texas State Senate floor.

I've lived in Texas for the pa
faith ✨
Apr 25, 2020 marked it as z-no-thanks  ·  review of another edition
i'm so done with unnecessary abelism in books.

also if you're going to write a book about abortion, take time to consider the fact it's an issue for EVERYONE WITH A UTERUS and not just women!!! it's not so hard to understand.
Jun 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
i've always been pro-choice and i always will be.
reading stories about women making that difficult choice, i really cannot help but admire them. you have to be brave and strong because it's not an easy decision, it's something that will change you forever.
i truly loved that she had great friends along the way, support it's needed all the time and even more in these situations.
for me, it fills me reading stories like this and i'll finish the review by saying sensitive and controversial topics nee
Yet again, I'm let down by a so-called feminist book that people rave about.

This is too serious and important a topic that affects people of all genders to be publishing such a childish, shallow, cissexist book in 2019.

Content/trigger warnings for ableism, ableist slurs, anti-abortion rhetoric, slut shaming, religious bullshit, medical abuse (Christian pro-lifers masquerading as a free clinic force a trans-vaginal ultrasound on the MC and force her to look at the monitor and listen to religious
Max Baker
Thank You Netgalley for providing me a free review copy in exchange for an honest review

This is an important book. I won't deny it, because to do so would be a gross and frankly irresponsible thing to do. Girls on the Verge points out a lot of terrible things the US have done in regards to women's health and abortion. The main character Camille has to go through multiple hoops just to get a straight answer out of someone and it's just awful. Like you seriously want to punch the concept of the st
Luupi "The Reading Queen"
I need this book like now! *-*
Jul 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Girls on the Verge really isn't a bad book. It's a typical case of "it's me, not you." It beautifully informs and captures the struggles many people seeking an abortion have and is deeply impactful. After reading a book around a month ago with a very similar plot that focused a lot more on entertaining the reader than dealing with the issues at hand, I was very happy with the way this book didn't fall into the same "comedic road-trip" feel. ( we won't discuss that the aforementioned comedic ...more
Apr 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
The author did an amazing job of approaching a controversial topic with sensitivity and respect. I’m personally very pro-choice, but I think that people across a wide variety of belief systems would find the story to be thought-provoking.

I liked that the book explores paternalistic attitudes within the pro-life movement as well as the misleading tactics used by some pregnancy crisis centers.

I was also very refreshed by how it underlines the fact that you can love and support other people with
Latanya (Crafty Scribbles)
When I selected this book to read, I had no idea how Sharon Biggs Waller would approach this tale. Would she use objectivity? Or, would she sneak some teachings that hurt readers? Suffice to say, she chose the former with gusto.

In Girls on the Verge, Waller creates a story of a girl's personal decision in the form of a road trip along with two girlfriends with varied mindsets. Set in Texas, Camille faces abortion restrictions, including false information and misogynistic and paternalistic attit
Jun 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is brilliant, it is a beautiful combination between fun and necessary. It had moments that made me grin and moments that made me angry beyond belief.

this book talks about the fact that women should have the right to choose what to do with their bodies. I think it handles that topic splendidly.

It shows the struggles and the horrible things women go through daily to be able to do something or because they made a choice that some people don't agree with. The harassment they endure outside
Jenny Brown
May 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Every gift is a blessing girl. Nice job Sharon
Dec 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow I’m absolutely speechless right now.
Jan 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-releases
Review to come. :)
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Loved these girls 💕 Touching story written with care, facts and sensitivity.
May 19, 2019 added it
i’m crying in a library right now
it’s just fucking unfair what a girl has to do to have control over her own body

it’s fucking bullshit
Jaye Berry
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary, ebooks, 2019, ya
Okay I don't think I can actually write a review that slaps as hard as this book.

Girls on the Verge is about a teenage girl named Camille who finds out she's pregnant right after she gets into a prestigious theater program. She can't tell her parents and her ultra-religious best friend Bea doesn't agree with her choices. Camille is forced to deal with the situation herself but the system and her state are set out against her. At her lowest point, Camille finds help from Annabelle- a girl she bar
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Sharon Biggs Waller is the recipient of the Friends of American Writers award and the author of A Mad, Wicked Folly (Viking) and The Forbidden Orchid (Viking), both of which have garnered multiple starred reviews and awards. Her upcoming novel is a young adult contemporary called Girls on the Verge (Holt, April 2019). She's also a magazine journalist and has written several non-fiction books about

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